STORY OF THE PAGE: I made this layout a number of years ago to celebrate a single photo. This layout was featured in my first book, Clean & Simple Scrapbooking. This photo… I tell ya, it kept me swooning for months while I was finishing up my life in Texas not really knowing at that point that this handsome young man would be The One. (Well, I probably did know on some level and as luck would have it, it worked out that way.) Regardless of the fact that being with The One still takes work and isn’t just a magical fairy ride of marriage, I would do it all over again. Maybe I would change a few things, but those things would be changes about myself. Still working on that stuff today. As always.
DESIGN STUFF: The balance on this page is asymmetrical. There’s a definite 2/3 to 1/3 vertical set up which shifts the bulk of the weight (photo + journal block) to the right. With a simple, one photo page, asymmetry can bring a bit more energy to the design. There is font harmony here, as well. I used just one font, good old Times New Roman, in varying sizes for the title, the journaling and the little ‘d’ embellishment. Using a single font lends a certain subtleness to the page, letting the focus remain on the photo. Last, I pulled the colors from that old Chatterbox paper (remember them?!) and found matching cardstock colors. I picked up those colors with the ribbon, too. Overall, a very simple design. But note the even margin space around the photo and the journal block—that, too, lends to a very finished, clean feel.
TECHNICAL SHIT: This page was made using InDesign by first creating a digital sketch that included the photo and the journaling + title, and then printing all of the pieces out separately onto the various pieces of cardstock. This is a true hybrid process, one that marries traditional scrapbook elements with digital production techniques. I’m working on a new class concept to teach my hybrid process and hope to have more ready on this in the coming months. It’s a process you can learn and it has always been my favorite way to scrapbook.
SENTIMENTAL SHIT: I still look at this photo and swoon. Maybe we were a bit neurotically matched over the years (thank you for that info, therapy) but I really would do it all over again.
REGISTRATION OPENS THIS FRIDAY! My brand new workshop, Scrapbook Your Year, opens for registration this week! I will have a complete launch post on Friday, complete with all the information you’ll need to decide if this self-paced e-course would be a good fit to help you save the stories from your year in a simpler, more streamlined process. Whether you are a digital or traditional scrapbooker, my approach will guide you to making a monthly record of your life in roughly 30 photos—or more, or less—at a time. I can’t wait to share this course with you because it’s everything I am doing with saving the stories from my life in a way that makes me happy, but also is a very sustainable, do-able process! Watch my blog and newsletter for more info! I will be launching this e-course for a special introductory rate of 10% off the course price. For now, here’s my quick video preview of the class: